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Oprah Opts to Adopt
UPDATED. Shelter pups get another shout out from the talk-show superstar.
Newly adopted puppy Sadie and Oprah Winfrey.

[Editor's Note: One of the two dogs Oprah adopted from her local shelter has died of canine parvovirus.]

After Oprah Winfrey’s beloved Cocker spaniels, Sophie and Solomon, passed away last year, she announced that she would adopt her next dog when the time was right. Last Friday, March 6, she kept that promise and introduced new family member Sadie on her show. Oprah and her partner, Stedman Graham, adopted the adorable 10-week-old Cocker spaniel puppy through PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago, the city’s largest no-kill shelter. Sadie was one of 11 puppies in the litter. Three of her siblings still needed homes and also appeared on Friday’s show. They quickly found new homes by that afternoon thanks to the extra attention. Hopefully, other shelter pups around the country also benefited from Oprah’s example.


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by Mary | March 9 2009 |

It is wonderful to see Oprah adopting from a shelter. Perhaps she can take her friends, the Obamas to the same shelter and get their lovely daughters a dog. The dog drama for them has been going on forever. May Sadie have a wonderful life.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 10 2009 |

I love Ophrah. What a great example she is of kindness, Lucky Sadie and her siblings too.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 12 2009 |

I'm sick of Oprah - she has turned into a publicity hound.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 12 2009 |

You really think the Obamas are going to walk into a shelter in April and magically find a Portugese Water Dog. Sure they will, someone will make sure there is magically one there just for them.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 14 2009 |

There are purebred rescues for all breeds. It is easy to find a purebred if you look hard enough into any rescue!

Submitted by Anonymous | March 14 2009 |

What a joke. In fact, I don't know whether PAWS or Oprah is worse.

Research & knowlege, it's your friend.

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